Respite care refers to the temporary care that can be provided by domiciliary care providers or residential care homes, in order to allow regular family carers to take a break. This decision will depend on the carer’s needs as well as their loved one’s condition and support needs. There are different types of respite support that one can receive, therefore we have compiled a short guide to help you to make an informed choice.
Respite care can range from a few hours per week or temporary full-time care. It can be arranged to help the regular carer take a break for a few hours per day (also called a sitting service), or to enable them to take an extended holiday.
The most difficult choice to make is that between a care home and domiciliary care (care in one’s own home). It is important to remember that although care homes have a lot of staff, the time each Professional Carer can spend with one patient is extremely limited. Therefore, if your loved one has advanced care needs or requires more individualised care, such as regular chats, mental stimulation, and being fed kindly and patiently, domiciliary care will be the better option. Professional Carers in a domiciliary care environment can provide one-on-one support, and a client will be able to meet their carer before care commences to ensure that they are comfortable with the person who will be providing care to them.
If one is worried about leaving their loved one in somebody else’s care, make sure to look for a care provider that is able to provide full transparency and information about your loved one’s care. At Cera, we do this via our secure online platform, which contains our clients’ care plans and care reports that are updated in real-time; with the client’s permission, their relatives can access this important information whenever and wherever they want, so that they can check in on their loved one’s care. Being able to monitor a loved one’s reports in this way ensures both excellent quality of care and peace of mind.
Having access to comprehensive services is also very important. When a person takes a break from caring for their loved one, they need to be assured that all of their needs will still be met. At Cera, we can arrange for food as well as transportation services and on-demand GP visits.
Funding for Respite Care
Respite care in a care home costs on average £1200 a week, whilst live-in care costs on average £890 a week, therefore domiciliary care is, in fact, a more affordable option. There are also funding options available from local authorities for domiciliary care in your own home. One will need to ask the council for a carer’s assessment, which will help the council determine the level of support an individual requires. The individual being cared for should also have an assessment, to allow the council to assess their care needs and see what kind of support they need.
The local authority must then carry out a financial assessment to see what one can afford to pay. One might be able to receive a ‘personal budget’; unlike care organised directly by the council, this will allow you to choose your care provider and organise your own care. Personal budgets also allow for ‘topping-up’ of their payment; meaning, if a local authority is not willing to provide you with the full amount of funding to cover the hours you would like, you can use personal funds to cover the cost of care in combination with council funding.
For further advice and information, you can call our expert team on 020 3034 4784. Cera can arrange a free, no-obligation visit to discuss all of your needs in detail.